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Wilfred Owen's Wirral life to feature in BBC documentary
1:37pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
AS a curtain-raiser to mark next year's anniversary of the start of World War One, Wilfred Owen's formative years in Birkenhead and their influence on his poetry are to be the subject of a BBC1 programme.
Director, Ged Clarke, was drawn to the story because he felt the significance of the poet's time spent in the town and its cultural impact on him had not been given enough exposure.
The film crew for Mondays Inside Out out visited the Wilfred Owen Story in Birkenhead were they interviewed founder Dean Johnson and former Birkenhead Institute master, Jeff Walsh.
They discussed and dispelled the myth that the Owens disliked their time in Birkenhead and were actually very involved in community life.
Performances from Dean Johnson's musical Bullets And Daffodils, which is based on Owen's poetry, were also filmed at Christ Church in Oxton, where Wilfred was a choir boy.
The cameras then moved to London to interview actor Christopher Timothy about his role in the West End version at The Tristan Bates Theatre this summer.
Also featured is Mal Robinson whose grandmother was taken in by the Owens when her mother became ill in 1906 in Birkenhead, she was later named after Wilfred's mother and became her grandchild. Inside Out, BBC1, Monday, September 27 at 7.30pm.
You can contact Dean at THE Wilfred Owen Story, 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, CH41 6AE. 07539 371925 email@example.com
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